During the recent LIANZA conference the National Library of New Zealand used the opportunity to find out what visions people had for 2017.
The ideas are available from flickr under the heading In 2017 libraries will be…
This idea has inspired a suggestion from Michael Stephens (Tame the web blog) that this method be used to collect visions from your community.
How do you see reference and information services in 2012 and in 2017? What are we doing, do we still have a role? What are the new areas of engagement with the community? How has our capacity to provide reference and information services been enhanced? How has it been eroded?
I think we have a hopeful future, but we need to plan for it, rather than react so I would be interested to know how you see the answers to the above questions.
What tools need to be developed to help libraries lead? There are many great tools out there – but what would help you provide a better service to your customers. What is the next tool like a wiki or a blog?
What else are we talking about that we need to develop? What actions do we need to take to move these ideas into being?